The 3 bedroom apartment was ideal for a family of 5. There were two bathrooms and 3 toilets, a large lounge, dining room, kitchen and hallway. The place was kept clean (though a steam clean of the somewhat dated lounge furniture would not have gone amiss, nor would a cleaner cloth on the mirrors - both minor things) and it was large enough to not be on top of each other all the time. The place is basic, if you want luxury you will have to go elsewhere and pay for it, but we were very happy with the place. The staff were excellent, Jocelyn in particular on reception was most helpful, the general staff were more than happy to go and fetch bottled water or whatever for you from nearby store, and they can arrange a car to take you to the airport. As far as amenities, the TV worked and had a reasonable selection of channels, there was a largish safe for storing your documents etc and, although the apartment seemed sparcely furnished because of it's large size, it had everything you could have wanted. The only real deficiency was in the provided cooking utensils - one frying pan and a couple of blunt knives and a can opener! However when we asked for it we were brought more pans and we went out ourselves and got a knife and spatula - there was plenty of crockery and cutlary provided, albeit not high quality.
The location is excellent. The Abu Dhabi mall is a 10 minute walk in one direction, The Sheraton Hotel and start of the Corniche is a 15-20 minute walk in a perpendicular direction. Being on Salam *8th Street access in and out of town was easy and there was parking outside. From a food point of view, also ideal. There is Lebanese Mill one block away on Najda (6th) Street, which fed a hungry family of 5 for about 25 euro. Just across the road on Salam Street is India Palace which is fantastic food either take-away or dine-in. Overall we were pleased with our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Al Diar Century Hotel Apartments is located in the city centre of Abu Dhabi. It is 30 minutes away from the Abu Dhabi International Airport, 90 minutes away from Dubai International Airport and just 5 minutes away from Abu Dhabi mall and various other city attractions. The hotel comprises of 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartment-style suites and are designed to complement both leisure and business needs. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen, an en suite tastefully done bathroom and a large work desk with a comfortable chair. Also enjoy the comfort of a spacious bedroom and a plush seating area for friends and family to join you while watching TV or dining. The resulting ambiance is worthy of a home-away-from-home experience. ... more less
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